Best of LA 2009 - #30 Afternoons, live at Spaceland on Friday

Formerly known as Afternoons, Shadow Shadow Shade grew frustrated sharing a nearly identical name with a Welsh band and recently decided to set themselves apart from it (when the internet is the predominant launching pad for emerging bands, it would not suffice to share a Google results page.) What you will find now is a sound both refreshingly current and comfortingly nostalgic. The seven-piece, conceived in 2006 by Brian Canning and Steven Scott from the band Irving, are slowly delving into the importance of the live performance with a string of shows set in coming weeks. The operatic vocals of Claire McKeown set them apart from the others attempting to instill a charming '70s quality to a new-folk sound. Shadow Shadow Shade play Spaceland this Friday. -Kate Proto

Every week, The Deli LA will be checking in with those who broke onto the Best of 2009 poll.  View the full list of artists here.